Enjabulweni pupils took part in the first ever inter-house standards competition on Saturday the 23rd of January 2016. Every pupil took part in all seven events (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, shot put, high jump and long jump).
While competition was against a set standard in each of the events, the athletes could not help but rekindle some old rivalries and spark off new ones with the arrival of new pupils across the grades. It was wonderful to watch competition moved from primary school to high school between old foes now competing in the same colours.
One shudders to think of what will happen to records that have stood, in some cases, for many years considering the quality of performances and the healthy competition we always encourage at Enjabulweni School.
While there are a lot of positives, there were also some issues we would like to improve on. Top in the agenda is full attendance followed by support from parents. It would really be great to see the banks of our fields as well as the stands filled with parents supporting their children.
On the whole a wonderful day augmented by the wonderful weathered we were blessed with in the day.
Looking forward to the inter house meeting at Mavuso on the 4th of February 2016.
St Peter’s Sports and Cultural Festival
The Enjabulweni Boys’ Soccer team travelled to the annual St Peter’s Soccer Tournament. The boys were confident after winning the Independent Schools Soccer Tournament at U-Tech during the second term. The tournament included thirty-two schools and clubs in total. The boys qualified for the plate quarterfinals where they beat the hosts (St Peter’s) 3 – 1. The semi-finals were a tightly contested affair with Enjabulweni prevailing 3 – 2 against Uplands College. In the finals, Enjabulweni came up against a talented Krugersdorp team. The boys played extremely well and won the game 2 – 1.
It is very encouraging to note that the team is made up of mostly grade 8 – 11 which bodes well for the future of Enjabulweni Soccer. Special mention must go to Zweli Sibandze, the captain, for leading by example with a stellar defensive display throughout the tournament.
First Team Coach.
St. Peters Public Speaking Report
It was with much excitement and trepidation that Enjabulweni’s public speaking team had a chance to participate at this year’s St. Peters festival.
Speakers were given carte blanche to speak on any topic of their choosing and our team reveled in the opportunity.
The first senior speaker, Ngibongiseni Kahuga Mbaijana, delivered a rather moving speech entitled Women Should Not Vote. In her speech, she challenged gender based norms with a hands-on grip as she opposed the topic at hand. The second senior speaker to take the stage on Enjabulweni’s behalf was Phetsile Mhlanga; she graced the stage with a thought-provoking and astute speech about True Happiness. Though she did not she win, she received special mention and praise from the judging panel.
Faeeza Farrok and Virginia Paunde did us proud as Enjabulweni’s junior representatives and first time public speakers. Faeeza challenged the true meaning of The Pleasures of Life while Virginia expressed her feelings on Trying Something Amazing.
The international exposure was invaluable to the team and we know that it will indeed assist us in our preparation for next year’s meet.
Girls Basketball Tour at St Peter’s College – Johannesburg
The 2015 St Peter’s tour was a great success for the basketball team. The girls played some excellent basketball against some of the top schools in South Africa. En route to qualifying for the quarter finals they defeated Pretoria Girls, Kingswood College and St Dunstan’s. The girls succumbed to the then defending champions and eventual winners Michael mount. The experience gained is invaluable. Well done to the basketball team, looking ahead to another season with hope to achieving even better.
Being able to participate in the netball games at St. Peters was quite an awesome experience because we were able to play against international schools. We learnt a lot about netball, about strategies and how we can improve how we play as a team. The competition was very tough but we managed to play all our games despite the fact that we are not used to playing back-to-back. The girls had fun even though it was physically draining. Our coaches helped us to get through our games even though we had lost hope of winning after witnessing the performance of the other teams.
From this experience we realised that we can improve our fitness levels and we will work on them in preparation for our netball festivals next year. We also learnt that we could not succeed if we did not work together as a team. We realised that without self-respect as a girls’ team, we would not achieve true success, unless we believed in ourselves.
To all the new girls who are going to join our netball family, we look forward to welcoming you and guarantee you will have fun at St. Peter’s 2016!
By Maneliso Vilakati
Dear school head,
I am currently studying towards an Honours Degree in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and was once a student at the school, I graduated in 2010. I would like to extend an invitation to all the Grade 12 learners to apply to study Information Systems at UCT in 2016.
Information Systems is still unpopular among high school learners while it is one of the highest sought skill by companies.
The career prospects are very encouraging‚ particularly for students who are considering what to study at university. With technology shaping the workplace of the future‚ far more careers in the sector are now an option than even a few years ago‚ says Professor Kevin Johnston‚ the head of the Information Systems department at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Careers range from website‚ app and game developers to networking specialists‚ project managers‚ data administrators and business analysts.
Adapted from www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2015/09/17/South-African-game-developers-IT-industry-hiring and www.bdlive.co.za/national/education/2015/09/17/graduates-can-look-forward-to-explosion-of-jobs-in-information-systems-sector.
Learners can study Information Systems through a Bachelor of Commerce or Business Science Degree, key subjects are Math and English and other related subjects. For all learners that are interested applications close 30 September 2015. Below are useful links to applicants:
Learners can also apply for funding through the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and other organisations.
Rugby festival report (1 August 2015)
On the 1st of August 2015 we hosted the annual 7s rugby festival. This year we had 4 schools participating namely: Enjabulweni school, SAIM Christian school, Waterford Kamhlaba and Sisekelo high school. We played 3 matches during the tournament. In the first game we played SAIM Christian school and won the match 36-0. In the second game we played against Sisekelo high school and we won that match 17-0. The deciding match was against our biggest rivals Waterford Kamhlaba and in a nail-biting encounter we emerged winners with the score line reading 12-10. We were overall champions of the tournament, well done to our boys.
Mr J. Witbooi
Mr M. Phebeni
On Thursday, 18 June, the whole Primary School participated in our Interhouse Cross Country Competition. The event was held on our very own nature trail. The runners were divide into 3 different age groups. The combined age u8/u9 age group completed a 2.5km route, the u10/u11 age group completed a 3km route and the u12/u13/u14 age group completed a 4km route.
The top ten competitors in each age group from these races have been selected to run for the school in the Interschools Cross Country Meet which will be held at Ubombo on the 12th of August 2015. The following children have been selected to our school team:
- U8/u9 Boys – Msafiri, Siwakhile, Lihan, Mooki, Kieran, Camron, Malik, Keanu, Kidus and Jason.
- U8/u9 Girls – Tema, Ncedile, Tembelihle, Deyrah, Shaelyn, Nikita, Amy, Fanele and Katelyn.
- U10/u11 Boys – Phiwa, Sethu, Msimisi, Blake, Sibusiso, Craig, Gcinumuzi, Dagem, Lwandzile and Reece.
- U10/u11 Girls – Kebron, Josie, Fiso, Lushane, Najma, Tadiwa, Tema, Tihayley, Gloria and Raya.
- U12/u13/u14 – Asanda, Simile M, Tenkhosi, Poppy, Angel, Kwethu, Mariam, Thando, Simile D and Phiwa.
- U12/u13/u14 – Majaha, Alex, Ryan, Bandile, Lloyd, Shauen, Kaamil, Umar, Siphe, Mthokozisi.
On Saturday 18 July 2015, Enjabulweni Netball Girls’team travelled to Sisekelo High School for the under 16 and under 18 Netball Tournament.
Overall it was an awesome day! The under 20 team played against U Tech and Sisekelo in the group stages and lost both matches. Despite the loss, team-spirit was high and the under 16 girls had a wonderful time on the court as they won all their matches in the group stages. The girls played their hearts out and won 14 -3 against Bahai in a hotly contested match. The team then won with ease against kaZakahali to result in a 15 -1 score. After that high, the girls were psychologically ready to defeat Sisekelo, the end result was a score of 16-7. Finally Jabez received a crushing defeat from the team with a score of 20-0, as they were unable to match the skill and enthusiasm of the players.
Our girls qualified to play Sifundzani in the semi-final and won 7- 0. In the final, they played against Waterford in a nail-biting game but unfortunately, narrowly lost by 1 point as the final score was 8-7 in favour of Waterford.
On the 25th July the girls will be travelling to Metropolitan for the under14 and under 18 tournament. We wish them well and we know that our team will do us proud.
GROUP STAGE FOR THE UNDER 16
SEMI FINAL UNDER 16
FINAL UNDER 16
Coach Mrs D MDLULI
END OF TERM DATES CHANGE
Grade 1—10: 7th August
Grade 11, 12: 14th August
In order to accommodate further training, the IEB has offered to return in the last week of term. School will therefore close a week early, that is, on Friday 7th August for Grade 1 to Grade 10. The Grade 11 and 12s will continue for the following week with a revised timetable of practice examina-tions. Winter School for the matrics takes place from Monday 31st August to Friday 4th September, inclusive. Ma-tric Prelims/Trials will begin on Monday 7th September. School reopens on Monday 7th September for Grade 1—Grade 7.
STAFF TRAINING: 10—14 August
It is always extremely difficult to stay on track with the latest in educational trends; the distances add logistics and costs that usually put these opportuni-ties way out of our reach. The IEB has very kindly offered to run the same training that a few were privileged to attend. This means, therefore, that the rest of the primary school staff, in-cluding the Teacher’s Assistants are able to participate without the incon-venience of having students dealing with a skeleton staff for supervision. The High School teachers have not had the opportunity to attend the vital Assessor’s Course for about six years. Completion of this course is now a pre-requisite for marking matric papers.
We are extremely grateful to the IEB for extending these opportunities to our educators.